Murder charges have been dropped against a California pastor.

Pastor Rob Cox said he pushed away a man who was going after him and his church group. The man died six months later.


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Read background from FoxNews.com:

The Clark County district attorney's office announced Friday that it will not seek a grand jury indictment against Robert Lynn Cox, 35, in the death of Link Ellingson, 55. Prosecutors said it would be too difficult to disprove Cox's claims of self-defense.

"I started to weep and held my children," Cox said Friday about hearing the news, adding that he hopes he and his wife can restart adoption proceedings that were on hold because of the case. He said it felt "like a weight was lifted."

The deadly encounter outside the Four Kegs Pub happened the night of June 13, 2013, while Cox, his family and some interns from Place of Refuge church in Manteca, California, were in Las Vegas for community service and ministry activities with a partner church.

Cox, who said he doesn't drink but wanted to try the pub's famed stromboli after it was featured on the Food Network, said he and other group members were in the parking lot when Ellingson approached them aggressively and assaulted them. Ellingson's reason was unclear.

Witness Kelli Lane told KTXL-TV, "He (Ellingson) said, 'Hey girlfriend, you want to "F'' with me?' and Rob was immediately like, 'Oh my gosh, no,' backed up, 'I have kids here,' said no. And the man said, 'Well I'm coming to "F'' with you.'"

Cox said he was trying to restrain Ellingson when they fell to the ground and Ellingson hit his head.

Police said Cox initially noted he broke a finger and told investigators he punched Ellingson, but he changed his story afterward. Surveillance video showed Ellingson falling to the ground, but the men stepped out of the frame before the fall, according to a police report.

Pastor Cox and his wife were on “Fox and Friends” to discuss the dropped charges. Pastor Cox said he is happy that the charges were dropped, “but it is a tragic situation that a man lost his life.”

“It’s not really a time for me to celebrate, it's just a time for me to breathe a sigh of relief that I'm out from underneath this pressure of these charges,” he said.

Watch the interview above.


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